Italy coach Antonio Conte urged his players not to take their opposition for granted ahead of the visit of Bulgaria in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.



Wales have waited 58 years for their return to a major championship but are now just 90 minutes away from achieving exactly that, while in another Group B fixture Cyprus entertain Belgium.



Fatih Terim hopes a cauldron of noise at the Torku Arena in Sunday's crunch European Championship qualifier will inspire his Turkey players to ensure Danny Blind's start to his reign as Netherlands coach goes from bad to worse.


Real Madrid have announced they are to make a €1 million donation to aid the refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.
A late goal from Mathieu Valbuena gave France a 1-0 friendly win over Portugal on Friday.
Fatih Terim hopes a cauldron of noise at the Torku Arena in Sunday's crunch European Championship qualifier will inspire his Turkey players to ensure Danny Blind's start to his reign as Netherlands coach goes from bad to worse.
Manchester United have hit back again at Real Madrid over David De Gea’s failed move by reiterating that the Spanish club are at fault.
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been ruled out for four weeks after suffering an injury while on international duty with Netherlands.
Mario Balotelli may have notched a goal and assist on his return to action with AC Milan, but coach Sinisa Mihajlovic insisted the striker is not ready to play in Serie A.
Midfielder Mario Gotze insists he never considered leaving Bayern Munich and he is confident he can shine under Pep Guardiola.
The spotlight will be firmly on Wayne Rooney in Serravalle on Saturday, as he bids to become England's all-time record scorer at a time when his star quality is under close scrutiny.
Douglas Costa has insisted that he would repeat the showboating skills he showed during Bayern Munich's 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen if given the chance, despite an argument with winger Arjen Robben.
Arsenal have confirmed that Danny Welbeck has undergone knee surgery after failing to sufficiently overcome an injury picked up in April.
Italy coach Antonio Conte urged his players not to take their opposition for granted ahead of the visit of Bulgaria in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.
Wales have waited 58 years for their return to a major championship but are now just 90 minutes away from achieving exactly that, while in another Group B fixture Cyprus entertain Belgium.
Germany moved one step closer to qualifying for Euro 2016 as Mario Gotze scored twice to help see off Poland 3-1 on Friday.
A first-half goal from Valeri Kazaishvili gave Georgia a 1-0 victory over Scotland in Euro 2016 qualifying on Friday, dealing a bitter blow to the away side's hopes of reaching the tournament.
Douglas Costa believes he has proven to be an effective replacement for Franck Ribery at Bayern Munich in the early stages of the season.
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed Thomas Muller was the subject of a massive transfer bid this summer.
Spain is anticipating another difficult encounter as the reigning European Champions prepare to host Slovakia in Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier.
Danny Blind's first match in charge of Netherlands ended in defeat as Gylfi Sigurdsson's secured victory for Iceland.
Bayern Munich have announced plans to offer a "training camp" for refugees that will provide German classes, food and football equipment.
Kevin De Bruyne's agent has revealed Bayern Munich were interested in signing his client before pulling out of a deal earlier this summer.

It was all about Lewis Hamilton at Monza as the Championship leader stormed to his 11th pole position of this season while Kimi Raikkonen was second.
Different practice session but the same outcome as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated proceedings at Monza on Friday afternoon.
Chris Froome's hopes of pulling off a rare Tour de France-Vuelta double are over after he was forced to withdraw with a fractured foot.
There was a "highly unusual number of cuts" at Spa and Sebastian Vettel's tyre wear meant he was "more susceptible", that's according to Pirelli and the FIA.
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he helped to pay the wages of Lotus employees in August while the team have eased concerns they could be forced to skip the Italian Grand Prix.
He has already tasted success three times at the Italian GP, but this year's race at Monza will be "even more special" for Sebastian Vettel.
An extraordinary performance from Tom Dumoulin saw the Dutchman move back into the race lead of the Vuelta a España after pipping Chris Froome for victory in a dramatic uphill conclusion to stage nine at Cumbre del Sol.
Valentino Rossi won a wet and dramatic British Grand Prix to reclaim the title lead from Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, while Marc Márquez crashed out.
Serena Williams overcame a huge scare to her Grand Slam bid, downing fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in three sets to reach the US Open fourth round.
Merc dominant as Lewis takes P1Lewis Hamilton was fastest, Carlos Sainz had more bad luck, McLaren changed their engines while Ferrari were pretty low-key in FP1 at the Italian GP.
It appears that boxing legend Manny Pacquiao's final fight will take place in 2016, before 'Pac-Man' hangs up the gloves to tackle politics full-time.
Williams will feature an unchanged line-up for 2016 after confirming that both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will be staying on.
Another difficult weekend is on the cards for McLaren at the Italian Grand Prix and the team's main aim is to see both cars finish the race.
Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez has admitted that his chances of defending his MotoGP title are all but over after he crashed out in wet conditions at the British Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel is not worried about number one status at Ferrari, saying the "best thing" for the team is to give both drivers the same equipment and opportunities.
Marc Márquez twice broke the lap record during Saturday's qualifying session at Silverstone to secure pole position for the British Grand Prix.

The beach handball national team at the 2015 Mediterranean Beach games, in Pescara, finished in sixth position in the final classification after going down to Italy in a play-off for fifth and sixth place.
The Open Water Swimming Season came to a thrilling end on Saturday 29th August, when Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club organised the highly awaited annual Malta-Gozo-Malta and Gozo-Malta Open Water Swimming Competition
The current season of the Cisk Lager Doubles League has progressed well into its second round, with 15 from a total of 22 weeks now completed.
Week five of the National League saw champions Fina open up a four point lead in Division One, thanks to a massive 8-0 win over XS Vitel, as previous leaders Ramis could only manage a 4-4 draw against Royal Shock.
A Malta Table Soccer Association has been established recently and is already internationally recognized and supported by the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF).
Athleta’s Omar Said and Kieron Caruana of Hibs claimed the Basketball Players of the Year 2014/2015 for the First and Second Division respectively.
The European Week of Sport, which is going to be held between the 7th and 13th September, aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe.
Malta’s international against Ireland at Pembroke will kick off at 9.00pm, the Malta Rugby League (MRL) has announced.
Malta will have to be at their best to upset world number seven nation Ireland in a friendly international at the Melita Football Ground at Pembroke on Saturday evening.
Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club and national team triathlete Graham Borg will be taking part in his eleventh international race this year when he will be tackling the standard distance triathlon race in Mazara del Vallo, Sicily.
The MAAA national squad at school level will be one of 13 countries represented in the 10th edition of the European Kids Athletics Games in the city of BRNO, the Czech Republic, on two days starting 8 September.
Three of the four boxers from Team Noel Ying Yang Kickboxing Club won their match in the boxing competition "Judgment Day 2".
Brian Galea was the overall winner of the George Bugeja Memorial Trap Event organized at the Qormi Shooting range last Sunday.
Joe Muscat won the Skeet Trophy organized by the Malta Shooting Sport Federation at Bidnija.
Eleven MSSF Trap shooters took part this week at the Fazz'a Italian Open Green Cup at Umbria Verde ranges in Todi Italy.
Sliema are the new Women’s Water Polo champions after beating Exiles 9-6 on Thursday, a victory which saw them also maintain their 100% league record.

UEFA has appointed FIFA Referee Clayton Pisani to lead a six-man refereeing team in charge of the EURO 2016 Group E match between Lithuania and San Marino.
Thirty-three match Elite match officials are currently in Lindabrunn, Austria for a five day training camp.
Malta suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Italy in Euro 2012 Group H qualifier at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze on Thursday.
FIFA referee Alan Mario Sant has been invited by The Football Association to referee the prestigious U21 International Friendly England U21 vs USA U23 on Thursday 3rd September.
Malta face a tough test when they take on Italy in Group H of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze on Thursday.
Reigning champions Hibernians bagged their first premier league win after beating Floriana 2-1, with both teams having a player sent off.
Masters Football Malta started the season with the pre-season in which were held the quarter finals.
Rico Aquilina, Luke Bonello, Preston Carbonaro, Leigh Monaghan and Dale Valletta are the latest graduates from the successful MFA Referees’ Academy after completing a two-year programme and passing the relevant theoretical, practical and physical tests at the end of an enjoyable course.
UEFA has appointed FIFA Referee Adrian Azzopardi for the Under 21 Group 4 match, Liechtenstein vs Greece, being played on Monday 7th September at the Sportpark Eschen-Mauren in Eschen.
Mosta Shaggy Pub and Rabat Masters reached the Masters Football pre-season tournament final after winning their semi-finals encounters.
Pietro Ghedin insists "anything is possible in football" as minnows Malta look to upset Italy in their Euro 2016 qualifier.
In its continued efforts to enhance refereeing standards at all levels of Maltese football, the Refereeing Department has organised a three-day pre-season seminar for match officials on the National List, Grassroots and Non League Referees between 28th and 30th August in Gozo.
The Youth FA annual seminar was held this Saturday and attended by over a hundred administrators and head coaches representing all the member nurseries of the Association.
Birkirkara had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Tarxien Rainbows, while in the other fixture Balzan Youths defeated Naxxar Lions 2-0 on Friday.
After participating in the Euro Beach Soccer League (EBSL) 2015 Super Final and Promotion Final in Parnü (Estonia), FIFA Beach Soccer referee Jude Amin Utulu has been invited to the FIFA Beach Soccer Referees Course and has also been designated by BSWW as referee during the Mediterranean Beach Games Pescara 2015.
An injury time goal from substitute Aleksandar Vujacic denied Hibernians to kick-off the defence of their Premier League title with a 1-1 draw against Balzan Youths.



Travel back in time as we take a look at the history of the European Championships, following the tournament's development into the third highest-profile event in the sporting world. Our first destination is 1960, with the final four descending on France to decide the inaugural winners.

Saturday, September 5, 2015
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